Oswego County’s COVID-19 community level remains ‘low’

June 6, 2022

OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Health Department announced today that 145 additional residents tested positive for COVID-19 from Monday, May 30 through Sunday, June 5. This includes results from lab-confirmed tests and home tests. Additionally, another death related to COVID-19 has been reported by the New York State Department of Health, bringing the total to 198.

For the second week in a row, Oswego County’s community level remains “low” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“We are very pleased to continue to see low levels of the virus in our community,” Oswego County Preventive Health Services Director Jodi Martin, MSN-PHN, told MSN-PHN. “Yet it is vital that we all remain vigilant in our daily activities to limit the spread of COVID-19. Individuals should stay up to date with vaccines and boosters, follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, and get tested if exposed to or showing symptoms of COVID-19.

Diane Oldenburg, Associate Public Health Educator for Oswego County, added, “COVID-19 hospitalizations also remain low, with seven residents reportedly hospitalized between Sunday, May 29 and Saturday, June 4. has been exceeded in the past two years.

The Oswego County Health Department receives weekly reports of new COVID-19 hospitalizations from local hospitals, including Oswego, Crouse, St. Joseph’s Health and Upstate University. These counts are not part of a running total of hospitalizations. For details, access the Oswego County COVID-19 Dashboard at https://oswegogis.maps.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/3fd162cd12264b418dc03bdebd7f5300.

The following report reflects data collected from Monday, May 30 through Sunday, June 5:

  • Number of laboratory/supplier tests: 1,971
  • Number of positive cases in laboratory/supplier: 99
  • Percentage of laboratory/vendor positive cases: 5.02%
  • Number of positive home test results: 46

The Oswego County Health Department holds immunization clinics every Tuesday afternoon from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. by appointment only. Clinics are also held on the second Wednesday of each month, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. waiting time.

The Oswego County Office for Seniors can help seniors 60 and older who need help navigating the internet to book an appointment. Call 315-349-3484.

Vaccines are also available at local pharmacies and health care provider offices. Face masks are required at all clinics and home COVID-19 test kits will be distributed to those who get vaccinated at a county clinic while supplies last.

Free transportation is provided for residents to travel to COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites through a partnership between Oswego County and Oswego County Opportunities, Inc. Rides are available between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday see you on Friday. Call 315-598-1514 to plan a ride in advance.

Oswego County has developed a portal for residents to report positive COVID-19 home test results, exposure to the virus, and obtain necessary isolation/quarantine documents for schools and employers. Go to https://health.oswegocounty.com/COVID-19 and click on the appropriate link.

Test results received from doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and other testing sites DO NOT need to be self-reported. However, if isolation orders are needed for school, employers, or other reasons, people can request these documents using the “Report a positive (lab) test” option in the portal.

The health department encourages residents who test positive to notify any close contacts immediately. The close contact should then go to the state’s website at https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/new-york-state-contact-tracing to find out if they meet the quarantine criteria . If they do, they should report the exposure on the county health department’s online portal.

Residents are asked to continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including:

  • Get vaccinated and keep your COVID-19 vaccinations up to date.
  • Stay home if you are sick and keep your children home if they are sick.
  • Wear a properly fitted mask.
  • Stay six feet away from others.
  • Avoid crowds and poorly ventilated spaces.
  • Test to prevent spreading the virus to others.
  • Wash your hands often.
  • Follow isolation and quarantine recommendations.

For more information, go to the Oswego County Health Department’s COVID-19 page at https://health.oswegocounty.com/COVID-19 or call its COVID-19 hotline at 315-349-3330. Callers may need to leave a message and a staff member will return the call.

Residents should contact their medical providers directly for personal medical advice on COVID-19 and vaccinations or boosters.

For more information on emotional supports, visit the Mental Hygiene Division of the Oswego County Department of Social Services at www.oswegocounty.com/mentalhygiene.

Under New York State Public Health Law, the Oswego County Health Department is the local public health authority for the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in the county of Oswego. The Oswego County Health Department is working closely with the New York State Department of Health regarding COVID-19 surveillance, response, and reporting.

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